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Our Stolen Future: Are We Threatening Our Fertility, Intelligence, and Survival? A Scientific Detective Storyby Theo Colborn Dianne Dumanoski John Peterson Myers
Over thirty years ago, Rachel Carson's Silent Spring first warned that man-made chemicals were taking a deadly toll on birds and wildlife. Only now, however, are we recognizing the full consequences of this insidious threat, which is derailing sexual development and reproduction-not only in a host of animal populations but, it appears, in humans as well. Written by two leading environmental scientists and an award-winning environmental journalist, Our Stolen Future has already become one of the most controversial and talked-about books of the decade. Picking up where Silent Spring left off, this groundbreaking work gives an utterly gripping account that traces birth defects, sexual abnormalities, and reproductive failures in wildlife to their source-synthetic chemicals that mimic natural hormones, upsetting normal reproductive and developmental processes. And humans appear far from immune to the effects of these "hormone impostors." Male sperm counts have dropped as much as 50 percent in recent decades, while women have suffered a dramatic rise in hormone-related cancers, endometriosis, and other disorders. By threatening the ability to reproduce, these chemicals may be invisibly undermining the human future. Piecing together the clues, the authors detail how these industrial pollutants have spread with ease through the web of life from the equator to the poles, and explore what we can and must do to combat this invasion. Timely, urgent, and scrupulously reported, this riveting story of scientific detection will have a major impact on public debate for decades to come. It is indispensable for those concerned about the profound human impact on the environment, the well-being of our children, and the survival of our species.
"One of our most exquisite storytellers"(Esquire)gives us his first collection in over a decade: ten potent new stories that, along with twenty-one classics, display his mastery over a quarter century. Tobias Wolff's first two books,In the Garden of the North American MartyrsandBack in the World,were a powerful demonstration of how the short story can "provoke our amazed appreciation," asTheNew York Times Book Reviewwrote then. In the years since, he's written a third collection,The Night in Question,as well as a pair of genre-defining memoirs(This Boy's LifeandIn Pharaoh's Army),the novellaThe Barracks Thief,and, most recently, a novel,Old School. Now he returns with fresh revelations--about biding one's time, or experiencing first love, or burying one's mother--that come to a variety of characters in circumstances at once everyday and extraordinary: a retired Marine enrolled in college while her son trains for Iraq, a lawyer taking a difficult deposition, an American in Rome indulging the Gypsy who's picked his pocket. In these stories, as with his earlier, much-anthologized work, he once again proves himself, according to theLos Angeles Times,"a writer of the highest order: part storyteller, part philosopher, someone deeply engaged in asking hard questions that take a lifetime to resolve. "
Here's your big chance to find out absolutely everything about the most famous twins on the planet! Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen give you the inside scoop on: What it's really like to be superstars!Their whole family-including big brother Trent and little sis Lizzie. How they got started in show business. Their fave things to do with their friends. What it's like being twins. Their secret crushes!(shhh. . . )So get ready to get real with Mary-Kate and Ashley!
In 1609 Jamestown Virginia, 9-year-old Elizabeth keeps a journal of her experiences in the New World.
Rainy days mean that Emily, David and Teddy have to play indoors. But that doesn't stop them setting off on great adventures. Soon their home made submarine is heading for an ancient shipwreck guarded by a fierce band of sharks!
No one can anticipate what it will be like for you the day you discover you must become a caregiver for one or both of your parents. As you begin to care for them, you will be filled with questions and looking for advice. Our Turn to Parent shows you how to work with your parent to become their caregiver and their champion, and it provides the tools you need to make decisions and feel confident that you are doing right by your aging parents. With stories from real lives, it also offers honest and personal anecdotes about surviving these trying times. Our Turn to Parent is the best and most thorough caregivers' guide available in Canada today. Our Turn to Parent offers practical advice on*deciding when you need to step in and help *developing the caregiver relationship with your parents*discussing with the family your parents' hopes and plans for the future *adapting the home so that it is safe and comfortable for their evolving needs*finding appropriate care and help in your community*choosing the right place for your parent to live should independent living no longer be possible*navigating the medical system*organizing your parents' finances before they become incapacitated*making clear your parents' personal care and end-of-life wishes*caring for yourself"I have found the last few years to be the most challenging in my life and the most fulfilling.... I have laughed with my mother and cried with my mother, but most of all I have been there for her as she was for me as I was growing up."-A Caregiver's StoryFrom the Trade Paperback edition.
This book traces the history of the world from ancient times to the present.
When George Mottershead moved to the village of Upton-by-Chester in 1930 to realise his dream of opening a zoo without bars, his four-year-old daughter June had no idea how extraordinary her life would become. Soon her best friend was a chimpanzee called Mary, lion cubs and parrots were vying for her attention in the kitchen, and finding a bear tucked up in bed was no more unusual than talking to a tapir about granny's lemon curd. Pelican, penguin or polar bear - for June, they were simply family. The early years were not without their obstacles for the Mottersheads. They were shunned by the local community, bankruptcy threatened and then World War Two began. Nightly bombing raids turned the dream into a nightmare and finding food for the animals became a constant challenge. Yet George's resilience, resourcefulness and tenacity eventually paid off. Now over 80 years since June first set foot in the echoing house, Chester Zoo has achieved worldwide renown. Here, in her enthralling memoir, June Mottershead chronicles the heartbreak, the humour, the trials and triumphs, above all the characters, both human and animal, who shaped her childhood.
Personal accounts of LBGT college students from around the U.S.
"Only a few writers of crime fiction have managed to generate prose this leanly poetic in the service of their hard-boiled stories. Tapply does it all the time." -The Boston Globe on Muscle Memory BOSTON-BASED ATTORNEY BRADY COYNE aspires to a quiet life. His solo law practice, handling routine legal work for a select group of clients, and his sedate, stable private life usually keep him far away from trouble. But one cold January morning, trouble comes to him. The morning after a snowstorm, Brady lets his dog out into the backyard of his Back Bay brownstone only to discover the body of an unfamiliar girl buried underneath the newly fallen snow. She is a teenager, maybe fifteen or sixteen, who apparently entered his backyard, bleeding, in the middle of the night, only to die from hypothermia and blood loss. The single clue to her identity is a small piece of paper with Brady's address scribbled on it. The police seem to believe that the girl is simply another runaway. one of many in the city-and the circumstances of her death are likely to remain unsolved. Shaken by his discovery of the body and the girl's tragic death, consumed by the question of who she was and why she (continued on back flap) #12;(continued from front flap) seemed to be looking for him, Brady Coyne is determined to find out the truth. But it soon turns out that the mysterious girl's death is only the beginning-someone out there knows Brady is trying to find out what happened that night, and they are willing to do anything-or kill anyone-to keep the truth from coming out.
Bracken Kelly is a hardass. An undercover narcotics detective who's gotten in too deep with a biker crew and landed himself in big trouble with Internal Affairs. Posing as a boxer and uncovering the meth being run out of Reno's toughest underground MMA fight club is the only way to clear his name, but he'll need to convince a female featherweight with a smart mouth and a hotter body to let him train her, first.Huntley Wittaker left a lot behind when she moved to Reno-her family business, her overprotective brothers, her psychopathic ex-boyfriend and her Southern Belle persona. In Nevada, she can be whatever she wants to be. And what Huntley wants to be is a fighter. All she needs is the right trainer. The domineering brute of a biker who answers her ad isn't it, but he's all she's got.Bracken has a job to do and this time, he plans on succeeding, even if that means getting sweaty with Huntley outside of the ring. But as he and Huntley grow closer and Bracken's lies turn into truths, they'll be faced with a different kind of fight-the one for each other.
After their daring run for freedom, Obi and Easter were separated in the confusion of the Civil War. But now that the war is over and the slaves are free, Easter sets out to find her old friend and take control of her life, in the powerful sequel to the Coretta Scott King Honor Book "Which Way Freedom?"
Out Law lays out the basics about federal, state, and local laws that frequently impact LGBT youth and explains how legal authority and responsibility is often vested in local officials, such as school principals.
Feeling distanced from her friends and family, middle-aged divorcee Caitlin Drury is encouraged by her daughter to express her feelings in a diary, but she is hesitant. "I feel lonely" she wrote, then crossed it out. She didn't like the idea of someone coming along later to read her journal, finding out she felt lonely. "Like That",and other stories from Anthony Varallo's new collection "Out Loud" give voice to the disconnections of family and relationships, and the silent emotions that often speak louder than words. In "The Walkers", we follow a couple on their daily trek through a bedroom community, where they partially glimpse their neighbors' lives, longing for inclusion. Yet their insular lifestyle ensures that they deal with people only on the surface -- without learning the truth of their problems. "Out Loud" tells of longings for meaningful expression and the complexities and escapism of human interactions that keep us from these truths. Varallo uses the trials of youth and remembrances of the past, the rituals and routines of the everyday, the interactions of family, friends, teachers, and neighbors to peel away the layers of language and actions we use to shield ourselves.
When the Soviet Union pulled its forces out of Afghanistan, the American media had a simple explanation: Soviet troops had been hounded out of the mountains by U. S. -armed guerrillas - the skies cleared of Soviet aircraft by Stinger missiles - until the Kremlin was forced to cry uncle. But Diego Cordovez and Selig S. Harrison shatter this image. Out of Afghanistan shows that the Red Army was securely entrenched when the Soviet Union agreed to withdraw: American weaponry and Afghan bravery raised the costs for Moscow, but it was six years of skillful diplomacy that gave the Russians a way out. Cordovez and Harrison provide the definitive account of the Soviet blunders that led up to the invasion and the bitter struggles over the withdrawal that raged in the Soviet and Afghan Communist parties and the Reagan Administration. The authors are particularly well-suited to their task: Cordovez was the United Nations mediator who negotiated the Soviet pullout, and Harrison is a leading South Asia expert with four decades of experience in covering Afghanistan. Their story of the U. N. negotiations is interwoven with a gripping chronicle of the war years, complete with palace shootouts in Kabul, turf warfare between rival Soviet intelligence agencies, and the CIA role in building up Islamic fundamentalist guerrilla leaders at the expense of Afghan moderates. Cordovez opens up his diaries to take us behind the scenes in his negotiations, and Harrison draws on interviews with Mikhail Gorbachev, former Secretary of State George Shultz, and other key actors. The result is a book full of surprises. For example, the authors demonstrate that the Soviets intervened not out of a desire to drive to the Indian Ocean, but out of a fear of a U. S. -supported Afghan Tito. Rebuffs by hardline "bleeders" in the Reagan Administration undermined efforts by Yuri Andropov to secure a settlement before his death in 1983. Even more startling, Gorbachev resumed the search for a negotiatedwithdrawal more than a year before the first American-supplied Stinger missiles were deployed in the war. The Soviet intervention in Afghanistan was one of the pivotal events of recent history. Out of Afghanistan destroys many of the myths surrounding the Afghan war and will have a profound impact on the emerging debate over how and why the Cold War ended.
Come And Take It The worst-case scenario has come to pass: a nuclear strike has crippled America. Gangs, looters, and vandals have seized the streets. The decent few can only pray for a leader to protect them. Luckily, one of the survivors is Ben Raines. Rebel mercenary, retired soldier, and tireless patriot, Raines is searching for his missing family in the aftermath of this devastating war. His relentless pursuit through the ruined cities of the west unites him with the civilians of the Resistance forces. They become his recruits for a revolutionary army dedicated to rebuilding America. Then comes the final outrage: an armed attack by government forces. With the fate of America's New Patriots hanging in the balance, Raines vows--government be damned--to survive, find his family, and lead this once great nation out of the ashes.
Join acclaimed author Anthony Peake on a historical, theological, and mystical journey through the history of the out-of-body experience. Beginning with his own unexpected introduction to astral travel, and drawing on fascinating accounts of ordinary people whose consciousness achieved escape velocity from their bodies, Peake digs into cutting-edge research in psychology, neurology, neurochemistry, and quantum physics that holds the potential to illuminate this uncanny phenomenon. He reviews all the pertinent theories, finally tying together all the threads and introducing an astonishing new explanation of his own.
Jay Hirtle plays on the basketball team at Richmond Academy in a small rural Nova Scotian town. The team to beat is Centreville, where star player Mike Murphy is seen as Richmond's number one opponent. After the Hirtle house is destroyed by fire, Jay's family moves in with his grandfather and the kids must switch schools until the end of the school year. Jay has a choice: give up a basketball season, or play alongside his former enemy on the Centreville team.
There were two men lying naked on the bed; both of them young, both of them fast asleep. I stood there for several minutes looking at them. From the way they were lying, it was obvious they were lovers. To me they were strangers and they were in my house. After breaking up with her lover of four years Katie decides to start a new life in France where she has recently inherited an old farmhouse. When she arrives, however, she finds two attractive men have been living there illegally for some time her property. A battle of wills ensues, made all the more volatile by the fact that one of them has a gun and neither of them are strangers to living life on the edge. But events take a strange turn when Katie becomes involved in a bizarre three-way relationship with them. When her ex-boyfriend shows up, he too becomes embroiled in their curious ways of loving, and soon everyone is questioning their sexuality in this gripping story of sexual claustrophobia and family secrets.
In the dozen years (1948 to 1960) since her first published story, Judith Merril has won a very special place in fiction. Her stories of today and the near and far future focus unerringly on the people in them--not the Gimmick or the Gadget. Now from that dozen years of work, author and critic Theodore Sturgeon has selected seven of her best--stories of people in love and hate, stories of real men and women living in worlds that only Judith Merril could imagine. These stories include: That Only a Mother; Peeping Tom; The Lady Was a Tramp; Whoever You Are; Connection Completed; Dead Center; Death Cannot Wither. While there is no overt sex or extreme violence in these stories, they are definitely not written with the supposedly typical 12-yera-old science fiction reader in mind.
Can the Beacon Street Girls' magic act bring the house down at Abigail Adams Junior High's talent show? Maeve, Avery, Katani, Isabel, and Charlotte face their toughest challenges yet -- keeping the Movie House from going out of business and helping Isabel deal with too many demands from the Queens of Mean. Plus, Maeve's relationship with Dillon is shaky, and Marty has a crush on a pink poodle owned by the fascinating Ms. Razzberry Pink. The BSG feel like they're dealing with a juggling act, not a magic act. Can they pull everything off and save the theater?
We are the young people, We will not be broken! We demand freedom And say "Away with slavery in our land of Africa!" For almost fifty years apartheid forced the young people of South Africa to live apart as Blacks, Whites, Indians, and "Coloreds." This unique and dramatic collection of stories -- by native South African and Carnegie Medalist Beverley Naidoo -- is about young people's choices in a beautiful country made ugly by injustice. Each story is set in a different decade during the last half of the twentieth century and into the twenty-first, and features fictional characters caught up in very real events. Included is a Timeline Across Apartheid, which recounts some of the restrictive laws passed during this era, the events leading up to South Africa's first free democratic elections, and the establishment of a new "rainbow government" that leads the country today. A Junior Library Guild Selection.
Stepping out of your comfort zone can be hazardous...Denver, Colorado, ER doctor Jillian Rodgers has never done an impulsive thing in her life. But all that changes when she meets the man of her dreams on a ski vacation. Within twenty-four hours, they've spent a passionate night together and Jillian is convinced she's halfway in love. After all, she figures the worst that can happen is she'll go home with a broken heart...But the man pretending to be an ordinary guy is far from it. In fact, he shouldn't get anywhere near Jillian. Yet there's something about her he can't resist--and she's perfect for his cover. Besides, he's sure he isn't endangering her. Unfortunately, they're both wrong.When someone uses their chairlift for target practice, Jillian ends up wounded--and her dream man promptly disappears. Within days, her car explodes. Just when things can't get any worse, she's kidnapped at gunpoint. Soon Jillian's running for her life, and the only man who can save her is the one who deserted her. Or is he just trying to protect her? And can she survive long enough to find out?95,000 Words
Hitting The Books Miss Helma Zukas is reluctant to go hiking on the Cascade mountains, but her friend Ruth is insistent. When she agrees to go, Helma, ever the librarian, does her research, reading up on survival techniques, packing like a pro, and making up a list for her irresponsible friend. As usual, Ruth comes unprepared, having neglected to read Helma's list. But even Helma's careful preparation couldn't have anticipated the discovery of a dead body high in the rocky wilderness. SURVIVING THE TRAIL Since it appears unlikely that the hole in the hiker's chest was caused by a fall, Helma suspects foul play. When the victim is airlifted off the mountain, Ruth is ready to accept a ride back to civilization, but Helma insists they stay and search for the hiker's missing companion. Being good samaritans is one thing, but getting stranded in a blinding snowstorm is quite another. Especially when escaping Nature's deadly fury means holing up in a little cabin with some motley strangers who may be planning a murderous adventure for a couple of dangerously inquisitive women...HITTING THE BOOKS
A Drink Before Dying Walter climbed into the car and sat behind the wheel, next to Marcia. "Feeling better, baby?" "Some." "A drink will help you." "I'll try." She raised the rye to her lips, gasped a little, but swallowed none. He took it from her and drank deeply. He finished the contents and tossed the bottle out of the window. It broke with a crash on the stony road. "Kiss me, baby." She put her lips to his and kept them there for a long time, then lowered him over the steering wheel. He'd sleep for hours from the veronal she had poured into the bottle of rye. In fact, if her plans worked out, he would never wake up ... The captain at his best!"-Boston Globe Blind or not, Captain Duncan Maclain saw through Marcia Filmore almost from the start. She was young, beautiful, and deadly-a criminal psychopath who would stop at nothing to protect her rich marriage. And so, when blackmailer Walter Crane turned up dead, it was only natural that Maclain should start feeling his way through the dark and devious maze that led to Marcia. But that lethal lady intended to protect herself-even if she had to kill again . . . and again . . . and again... "Sterling! . . . the most brilliant piece of work yet by this blind detective!"-Chicago Tribune "Thrilling! . . . from the first page until the last!" -Philadelphia Bulletin "Different! Fascinating! . . . surprises you at every turn!" -Chicago Daily News
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